Spring

Thornlands-19Nov10 036aSpring is a time of new beginnings – indeed a time of rebirth or resurrection in nature. What seemed dead suddenly shows signs of life. With the sun’s warming rays, growth and a flurry of activities resume after the cold deadness of winter. Shoots and buds appear, soon turning into leaves and flowers. Animals produce offspring and start nurturing the young. With its newness of life, this may be the loveliest time of the year.

In physical life, spring reflects birth and youth. It is a time of rapid growth – the change from a tiny bud to a leaf or flower, for example, seems phenomenal and takes place almost overnight. Likewise, a new-born baby grows, develops, and learns faster in its first year than at any other time in life.

Similarly in the spiritual life, spring pictures a new birth and life – the change that takes place in conversion. New Testament texts show that before con-version, non-believers are “dead in sins” and separated from God. With the new birth they receive new life and are now empowered to live for God.[1] A thus transformed individual who has been “born of the Spirit” excitedly learns about God, hungers for the divine way of life, and obeys God no matter what the cost. The Scriptures caution against losing this excitement, growth, and “first love”. [2]

The winter to spring transition can be seen as the change to take place in the resurrection – a glorious metamorphosis from death to eternal life, from cor-ruption to incorruption, from mortality to immortality. As trees shed their dry leaves, appear dead for a time, and then return to life in the spring, so too the human body ages and dies, but will yet come back to life in a resurrection as a spirit being.[3] Or, as some see it, at death, we leave behind the physical body and continue life in a spirit body which is free of the earthly encumbrances.

Spring is also a time when nature clothes itself with greenery. Lush meadows replace seemingly dead winter grass, and deciduous trees become attired with new bright green foliage. Clothes in the Bible symbolize virtue, while rags or nakedness portray unrighteousness.[4] As God clothes the grass, flowers and trees without any effort of their own, so he attires his people in righteousness – by grace, since salvation cannot be earned by human effort.[5]

Late spring (and early summer) is a period of maturing and bearing fruit. The small early harvest at this time of year depicts a young person growing into adulthood and beginning to contribute to the lives of others. In biblical metaphor, the virtuous are compared to fruitful trees, whereas the unrighteous are likened to fruitless, dead, or uprooted trees. The people of ancient Israel were to be a fruitful vineyard for God, but history shows they failed. Similarly, the people of God today are called to produce good fruit through Jesus Christ, the vine that they are a part of. Spiritual fruit such as love, peace, kindness and self-control is evidence of the Holy Spirit working in a person’s life.[6]

[1] John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; Ephesians 2:1, 4-7, 11-13; 4:20-21; Romans 6:1-14; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19

[2] Acts 2:44-47; 4:32-37; Matthew 24:12-13; Galatians 6:9-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Hebrews 12:3-4; Revelation 2:4-5

[3] 1 Corinthians 15:35-54

[4] Job 29:14; Isaiah 64:6; Zechariah 3:3-5; Revelation 3:4-5, 17-18; 6:9-11; 16:15; 19:8-9, 14

[5] Matthew 6:28-30; 22:9-11; Luke 24:49; Romans 13:14; Ephesians 2:8-10

[6] Psalm 1:1-6; 52:8; 92:12; Isaiah 5:1-7; Jude 1:10-12; Matthew 7:15-20; John 15:1-8; Galatians 5:22-25

From: Divine Reflections in Times and Seasons by Eva Peck

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